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Lauded lab program may end
Summit County program cut costs for uninsured people


A Summit County program to cut the cost of blood testing for uninsured patients has come to an abrupt halt. 

In a partnership with the online lab test marketer, Prepaid, the Summit County Medical Society allowed uninsured patients to buy blood tests on the internet at lower rates. The patients could then take their orders to any LabCorp location to get the test. But LabCorp has cancelled its contract with Prepaid, after CNN ran a largely laudatory piece on the program.

Dr. Doug Lefton started the program nearly a year ago. He says it gave many patients access to medical care that they otherwise could not afford.


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LabCorp did not return phone calls. But Prepaid CEO Tom Patton says he suspects why they pulled out of the program. 

Patton says Prepaid and The Summit County Medical Society are looking to continue the program with another lab testing company. 



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